The Integrative Oncology Program at the Riordan Clinic
Every day in America, nearly five thousand people hear the words, “You have cancer.” That phrase conjures up a whirlwind of emotions—fear, anxiety, confusion, and hopelessness, to name a few. Once the initial shock wears off, patients are left trying to figure out how they are going to treat their cancer. Typically, the standard of care involves surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or some combination of those therapies, depending on the type of cancer and stage.
These treatments can be life-saving in some. But often, they fall short. Many patients are left with long-term toxicities and side effects. Perhaps the most significant shortcoming of standard cancer care is that the sole focus is on treating cancer rather than strengthening and supporting the human with cancer.
Are you or a loved one facing a cancer diagnosis?
The Riordan Clinic is here to help.
Here at Riordan Clinic, our approach to cancer treatment is one that complements the traditional standard of care with greater emphasis on supporting the individual. Our goal is to get to the root cause of disease and address it using a variety of safe, research-based therapies and services that focus on “whole-person” care.
At the Riordan Clinic, you aren’t seen as a cancer patient. You are a person who has cancer. We’re here to care for you as an individual person, and by doing so, we will address the cancer as well.
Customized Clinical Care
Most of our cancer patients come to us already equipped with a lot of their own research, and many have implemented special diets and nutraceuticals. Unfortunately, without proper guidance, patients often miss the mark on what they need during different phases of their treatment and throughout the healing journey. For this reason, we spend a lot of time working with the patient to organize their diet and supplement regimen. This enables us to address key nutrient deficiencies and target the factors that are driving their particular type of cancer.
Our standpoint at Riordan Clinic is that cancer requires an “all hands on deck” approach. Cancer patients are often told that the traditional standard of care is their only option. That simply is not the case. Integrative therapies are a valuable complement to traditional cancer care and can be incorporated at almost any time during treatment.
IV Vitamin C (IVC)
At the backbone of all of our cancer support protocols is intravenous vitamin C (IVC). Why IVC? In addition to its ability to selectively kill cancer cells, IVC has many other benefits for cancer patients. It decreases inflammation, refuels the immune system, and may even help turn cancer stem cells back into healthy cells. The research behind IVC as an adjunctive cancer therapy is impressive. It has been studied in cases alongside chemotherapy and radiation, showing strong evidence for both safety and synergistic effects. [Read more]
Strengthening the Immune System with Mistletoe & Helleborus Therapy
The immune system is the missing link when it comes to cancer. We all have cancer cells in our bodies every day. Read that again. Scary, I know! The difference is that in a person with a properly functioning immune system, those cancer cells are detected and eradicated before enough of them can congregate and form a tumor.
The key to regaining an edge on cancer is to increase the immune system’s capacity to eradicate cancer cells. While many of our therapies have immune benefits, mistletoe therapy may be the gold standard. Mistletoe, typically given as a subcutaneous injection, delivers a shock to the immune system by ramping up the production of natural killer cells, macrophages, and inducing low-grade fevers. Like IVC, there is an impressive amount of clinical research behind mistletoe. It is another safe and effective treatment to be used alongside conventional therapies and is an approved treatment for cancer patients in many countries worldwide.
Helleborus niger is a perennial herb often referred to as the Christmas Rose. This biologic therapy has been widely used in Europe for many years to improve sleep, appetite, circulation, and mental strength in cancer patients. It can also inhibit cancer cell growth, reduce tumor-related pain, and decrease inflammation. Helleborus therapy is most commonly a complement to Mistletoe Therapy and is advised for all types and stages of cancer treatment.
Other Treatments and Services
We offer several other therapies at Riordan Clinic to help support cancer patients. These include Ozone, Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation, Chelation, MAH, and metabolic treatments such as fasting protocols and repurposed drugs. With an extensive menu of integrative therapies at our disposal, we can put pressure on cancer cells from many different angles and pathways while simultaneously working to rebuild human function. Detox methods, including infrared saunas, are also valuable tools in ridding the body of toxins as it heals.
Laboratory testing is essential to the process of determining and monitoring various cancer markers, detecting nutrient deficiencies, and screening for other major health issues. Riordan Clinic’s medical team has arranged a lab profile that is specific to cancer and people who have had a cancer diagnosis. Our doctors use the lab testing results as a vital tool in discovering the root cause of your health concerns, making decisions on treatment care and protocols, and monitoring progress along the way. Because laboratory testing requires fasting, we will have you meet with one of our experienced phlebotomists as your first step in the day’s schedule. Tests are performed through the convenience of our onsite Bio-Center Laboratory. After meeting with the doctor, more testing may be recommended that is specific to your type or stage of cancer. These recommendations will be fully explained to you by your doctor during your appointment(s), and you will have the opportunity to decide together how to proceed.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are Riordan Clinic treatments and traditional oncology treatments compatible?
Yes. Conventional oncology treats cancer. Integrative oncology goes beyond to treat the patient that has cancer – whole person cancer care. Integrative oncology creates the foundation for customized care plans to achieve better outcomes, fewer side effects, a better quality of life, and hope.
The oncology program ranges anywhere from approximately $8,000 - $15,000 to begin, depending on the length of stay. Typically this represents anywhere from three days to three weeks. When we are speaking with you and scheduling we can help give you a better idea of cost based on your own specific need and situation.
Please keep in mind that these numbers are a general approximation and can vary both higher and lower than the range given. All costs will be explained to you thoroughly and you can make decisions as you move forward. Our staff is always available to answer questions and provide support in all aspects of your care.
After meeting with your doctor and discussing your individual health needs, additional labs, clinic therapies or services, and supplements may be recommended. Information regarding insurance coverage and payment options can be found on our Payment FAQs page.
Where can I receive Riordan Clinic treatments?
The Riordan Clinic locations in Wichita and Overland Park can provide patients access to therapies and laboratory testing.
How much does treatment cost?
Integrative Oncology treatments usually range from $8,000 to $15,000. The cost will depend on treatments needed and will vary by patient.
Are treatments covered by insurance or Medicare?
In some cases. The Riordan Clinic does not file with private insurance. Patients are provided the information needed to file their own claims with a private carrier. Reimbursement rates vary widely by patient. Bio-Center Laboratory does file claims on behalf of Medicare patients. Insurance company contract obligations can be restrictive. Opting out of insurance contracting affords Riordan Clinic providers the flexibility to customize care plans solely on the basis of achieving the best outcomes for the patients.
What are the success rates Riordan Clinic providers have in treating cancer?
Conventional oncology treats the cancer. Integrative oncology goes beyond that to treat the whole person who has cancer. Success rates vary depending on the type of cancer, stage of the cancer, and factors unique to the patient. Riordan Clinic providers have achieved amazing results with advanced cancers and related side effects often associated with treatment.
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